The relish of northernmost Thailand

Trip code: VLTL-06(THO01)
Trip duration: 8Days / 7 Nights
Trip Operates: Year Round / On Demand
Trip price: Available upon Request
Trip route: Chiang Mai – Himmapaan Project – Mae Kampong – Chiang Rai - Golden Triangle-Lanjia Lodge
Starts/Ends trip: Chiang Mai /Chiang Rai
Trip type’: Natural, historical & cultural.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Chiang Mai
Day 2: Chiang Mai
Day 3: Chiang Mai -Mae Kampong
Day 4: Mae Kampong -Wiang Pa Pao
Day 5:Wiang Pa Pao- Chiang Rai
Day 6: Chiang Rai -Lanjia Lodge.
Day 7: Lanjia Lodge-Doi Tung
Day 8: Doi Tung –Chaing Rai departure.

Day 1: CHIANG MAI (-/L/-)
Start your day with a bicycle trip to Muang Sart & Nong Hoi communities and learn how to make rice grain weave and northern style lanterns and keep the outcome as a souvenir. Continue cycling along the Ping River to Wat Gate community, one of Chiang Mai's oldest neighborhoods. The prosperity of the Wat Gate area can still be seen from all the buildings most of which are homes or different ethnic business offices. Walking through this area, you will find many religious sites dedicated to Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and Sikhism. The people of the community established the Wat Gate museum displaying lacquer ware, crystals, Chinese pottery and other local crafts. Lunch will be served at The Gallery Restaurant by the Ping River, built by the Chinese and featuring an exhibition of paintings.
After lunch, continue cycling to the scorpion-tailed boat pier from where you will start a river cruise along the Ping River by Scorpion Tailed Boat. Then cycle back to the hotel for the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Holiday Inn Chiang Mai (superior room)

Day 2 CHIANG MAI (B/L/-)
Early morning, start by tricycle from the hotel to the local market to purchase food, sweets and flowers as offerings to monks in the temple for merit making. Return to the hotel for Breakfast. Then, travel by tricycle to visit “Waroros Market”, a lively market in Chiang Mai where you can find fresh fruits, vegetables, food, necessary items for daily life and much more. Continue to the Old City including a visit of the city moats and gates, stop on the way to visit the Three Kings Monument to pay respect to the First King of Chiang Mai, King Mengrai where the history of Chiang Mai begun. Afterwards, visit the Art & Cultural Center (closed on Monday), the former palace of King Kawiroros Suriyavongse. Here you will learn about every aspect of the city from its pre-history to the present. See how people of different cultural origins and ethnic backgrounds have melted together to form a beautiful local culture that lies at the heart of the magic fascination of Chiang Mai. Lunch at Chaunchom Restaurant, this atypical restaurant is run by the Chiang Mai Women Prison Office. The concept of the restaurant is to support & help the women prisoners who have already been freed from prison. In the afternoon, proceed by air-conditioned vehicle to the Himmapaan Foundation, first you will learn about the activities of the foundation and its first project aiming at restoring degraded forests and rebuilding a natural ecosystem. Then find out more about different tree species being used in the area at our plant nursery. You will then get a chance to support Himmapaan’s cause by offsetting your carbon footprint and to take part in the activities of the foundation. This can be done either by planting a sapling in the nursery (during planting season seedlings may be planted in the planting plot directly) or by simply making a donation. (Note: seedlings are not included and may be paid on the foundation site directly) Then return to your hotel for the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Holiday Inn Chiang Mai (superior room)

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning, check-out and depart for a visit of an elephant camp, north of Chiang Mai, and the Orchid Farm which hosts almost every species of orchids that grow in Thailand. This includes one of world's most beautiful and rarest varieties, the Vanda Coerulea "Pure White" orchid. It also houses a butterfly farm and a few rare breeds of Siamese cats and dogs. Lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards continue to Mae Kompong village which is home to a small community of forest dwellers who cultivate tea and coffee plantations, furthermore, the surrounding ecosystem remains incredibly intact and is recognized as a hotspot for biodiversity with a wide variety of plants, animals and birds.
Take a short trekking to the stunning Kompong Falls where you can relax and hang out in the cool fresh mountain pools or walk into the forest. Afterwards, return to Mae Kompong village and take a rest or further explore the village. Dinner and Overnight in an authentic Thai village homestay in the mountains. (very basic accommodation)

Breakfast in the home stay village. Morning, enjoy Flight of the Gibbon activity, a unique zip line canopy tour through pristine, 1500 year old rainforest just outside of Chiang Mai. 18 platforms, sky bridges and lowering stations connect 2 km of zip lines that take you through different layers of the rainforest canopy. Our safety team accompanies you and teaches you how to move through the trees with the speed and grace of a young gibbon.
Afterwards, enjoy lunch before departing for Wiang Pa Pao. Upon arrival, check-in at the resort for free time at leisure (there are several optional activities available at the resort at extra charge). Overnight at Suanthip Vana Resort (deluxe room)

Breakfast at the resort. Morning, depart for a visit of Doi Wawee & Doi Chang Tea & Coffee plantations, located in Mae Suai District of Chiang Rai. Doi Wawee was once the outpost of Kuomintang soldiers fighting the Red Army after the Chinese revolution in 1949 and a long-established Chinese community in the Northern part of Thailand. Tea drinking has become an important part of the culture, and the process of planting tea is a must do ritual passed on from generation to generation. Visiting Doi Wawee offers a chance to learn about the lifestyles of different traditional tribes, such as Karen, Lahu, Yao, Hmong, and Akha, which appear along the way up the mountain. Doi Chang is 1,200 meters above sea level and is famous for its high-quality coffee like the Arabica. The view from high grounds show Akha & Lisu hill tribe villages nestled in the valley, busy with their coffee plantations. There is an agricultural research center where visitors can sample freshly brewed coffee or buy the beans sold in nicely sealed packets. Picnic lunch at Doi Chang coffee research station. Afternoon, continue to Chiang Rai with a stop for a visit of Wat Rong Khun, also known as the
White Temple. This temple is quite different from any other temple in Thailand and was a lifetime project of artist Chalermchai Kositpipat, the temple has a fine blend of traditional Buddhist art with contemporary themes. Overnight at Wiang Inn Hotel (superior room)

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning, depart for Mae Sai, the northernmost town in Thailand, bordering Myanmar where you can enjoy strolling, shopping and bargaining at the local market of the town. Continue to the Golden Triangle to visit the Hall of Opium Museum which traces the global journey of opium through trade routes in the age of imperialism, culminating in the Opium Wars, an event that disgraced both winners and losers that led to the fall of the Manchu Dynasty. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Afternoon, board on a boat for a trip along the Khong River until Kiew Karn and then transfer to the Lanjia Lodge, a beautiful community based lodge nestled in a Hmong and Lahu tribal village. Upon arrival, get firsthand experience on how to make Hmong batik handkerchief with Hmong ladies (about 45 minutes). Alternatively you can learn how to make and set animal traps. Then you will help villagers to plant trees at the Herbal Plant Nursery Project. The project is dedicated to His Majesty the King to commemorate his 84 birthday on December 05, 2011. The main objective of the project is to improve the quality of life of local people by educating them on how to grow vegetables and the importance of the eco-system in their village. Enjoy dinner with a stunning view over the Mekong and Laos and enjoy a traditional Hmong performance after your meal.
Overnight at the Lanjia Lodge.

Breakfast at the Lodge. Watch a presentation about the Hmong and Lahu tribes, the Golden Triangle area and the giant catfish locally known as Pla Buek – the world’s biggest fresh water fish, found in the Mekong River. Learn about activities that affect the Mekong River and people whose lives depend on the river. After that, tour the Hmong and Lahu hill tribe village, including a visit at the shaman house of the Hmong, enjoy a cup of tea with the shaman (spirit doctor) and discover why the fireplace is important to the Hmongs and why they bury the placenta and umbilical cord of their new born babies. Lunch will be provided on the charming terrace of the Lanjia Lodge. After lunch, transfer to Doi Tung Development Project, the site of a comprehensive Sustainable Alternative Development Program (SADP) initiated in 1988 by Her Royal Highness, the Princess Mother, mother of the reigning King Bhumibol Adulyadej. En route, visit Royal Handicraft project at Huai Nam Khun by the foothill of Doi Tung, to see how the mountain people participate in the Royal Project.
Check-in at your hotel and rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight at Baan Ton Nam 31 (Doi Tung Lodge)

Breakfast at the Lodge. In the morning, visit Doi Tung Palace, Princess Mother Commemorative Hall, Mae Fah Luang Garden and Chang Moob Arboretum Garden. Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, transfer to Chiang Rai Airport for your departure flight to Bangkok.

Price Include:

Our relish of northernmost Thailand Tour includes:
Services of local drivers and private air-conditioned vehicles during all tours and transfers
Services of local English speaking guides during all tours and transfers .(other language guides available on request with additional fee)
Twin/double share accommodation with daily breakfast. For the single traveler must add the single supplement price.
Accommodation on Day 3 is a very basic accommodation in an authentic Thai village home stay
Accommodation on Day 6 at Lanjia Lodge is non air-conditioned room with electric fan is provided.
Admission fees for all sights visited
Meals as indicated in itinerary with B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner (all meal are set menu with Laos food & service at local restaurants) If you have any specific food requirements: vegetarian, vegan, food allergies…please inform us in advance so that we can provide & notice to our restaurant.
Services charge & government taxes

Price Excludes:

Our relish of northernmost Thailand Tour excludes:
All airfares and airport taxes to & from Thailand
Train ticket Chiang Mai / Bangkok or v.v.
Hotels before & after trip in Bangkok
Optional visits to sights not mentioned in the program
Early check in ( before 2PM) & late check out ( after 12:00)
Surcharge fees in peak season ,national holidays & weekend
Compulsory meal at hotels
Admission fees during free time
Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry, etc
All alcoholic and drinks at mealtimes
Camera and video cameras fees if applicable
Compulsory Personal Travel Insurance (It should cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident of illness, client must buy before departure day)
Tips for guide, driver, boat crew & hotels' porters
Meals other than those mentioned above
Other services not clearly indicated in the Inclusion Package above.
Bank fees

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